I need to give a PDF presentation but I want to include some videos in between some of the slides.

Is there a PDF viewer which will allow me to play videos in between slides for a presentation?

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


you can use latex-beamer. you can install it if it's not usig:

sudo apt-get install latex-beamer 

you can get the official documentation of beamer from here.

This tex question would help you to achieve that

To view the ouput pdf you can use Okular, you can install it:

sudo apt-get install okular

Read this also, this would help

  • Thanks, I've already tried that. I actually made it work, but Adobe reader kept crashing randomly while playing the video. That's the last thing I want to happen during my presentation, so I was looking for a robust solution which doesn't require fancy addons to my pdf file. – texasflood May 29 '15 at 8:02
  • I'll update my answer – Maythux May 29 '15 at 8:05
  • It's already do, check the links provided above – Maythux May 29 '15 at 8:12
  • Thanks very much, it worked. I also tried the tutorial here (abarry.org/…) and it worked as well, but I had to install gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg as shown here (webupd8.org/2014/03/get-firefox-and-phonon-gstreamer-to.html) – texasflood May 29 '15 at 10:47
  • That's good, glad to help and thanks for your feedback – Maythux May 29 '15 at 10:48

The accepted answer works on Ubuntu 14.04, but I will outline another solution as given here.

sudo apt-get install cmake libgstreamer0.10-dev libgee-dev valac-0.16 libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-dev librsvg2-dev libpoppler-glib-dev libgtk2.0-dev
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/trusty-media
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg

git clone https://github.com/davvil/pdfpc.git
cd pdfpc
git submodule init
git submodule update
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ../
make -j8
sudo make install

Then include the video in beamer like so:


And open the pdf like so:

pdfpc presentation.pdf

pdfpc is nice for giving presentations as it includes things like a timer and a dual output for two displays, one for controls, one for the projector output. As far as I can tell, it is stable and doesn't crash.

  • sudo apt-get install pdfpc works in Ubuntu 16.04 – Chester Apr 5 '18 at 0:33

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.